State’s Jobless Rates Drops Fourth Straight Month


Star Staff Reports

Perry County had the highest unemployment rate for the month at 8.4%, which was a 1.9 percentage point increase from its August rate of 6.5%. 

Maury County had the state’s second-highest rate in September. Unemployment in the county grew by 1.5 percentage points to 6.1%.

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate dropped for the fourth consecutive month in September, decreasing from 4.6% in August to 4.4%.

Unemployment across the country also ticked down in September. Nationally, the jobless rate dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point to 4.8%.

Unlike the statewide and national unemployment rates, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted to factor in seasonal economic influences such as school breaks and severe weather conditions.

TDLWD has produced a complete analysis of the September 2021 county unemployment data and that information can be found here.

Tennesseans can find the resources they need to help them navigate their return to the workplace at

This includes more than  550,000 job openings in and near Tennessee, as well as information about available training programs to help individuals skill up for a new career, 

The state of Tennessee will release the unemployment rate for October 2021 on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. CT.